Birthday Party Celebrations

By: Sarah Porter

Over-the-Hill Birthday Party for 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 75th, 80th, 85th, 90th and 100th Birthdays Celebrations

Most people love a good birthday party celebration but parties tend to diminish, as we get older, except for those birthdays that have come to be known as milestones. Some of these birthday party celebrations are also referred to as over-the-hill and often referred to 40th and successive birthdays.

The adult birthday party often start with a 21st birthday party, which is an important milestone in a young adult's life. These are big celebrations for most people and families often put a lot of effort into this particular birthday party celebration. A lot of people in their twenties have a particular dread of reaching thirty as this is the time when most people begin to settle in a career, get married and start having children - if they haven't already done so. The 30th birthday party has often been a sign of the end of too much partying and the beginning of adult responsibility.

There used to be a lot of talk about keeping fit after the age of 40. Then the next fad was the 'life begins at forty' notion, making this a time when major life changes often took place. The 40th birthday party is a huge milestone for many people and some of these parties will hark back to a particular decade such as the 60s 70s and 80s. In recent years the 50th birthday party celebration seems to have come into its own and many people regard 50 rather than 40 as the onset of middle age. Generally, the Over-the-Hill theme begins with the 40th birthday and continues with the 50th birthday and so on.

Nowadays many people take early retirement from work while they are still active enough to enjoy themselves. If they have been fortunate in their working life and have some money put by then a 60th birthday party often marks the beginning of more major life changes, even if the person hasn't been able to take early retirement.

People are often living longer and there are still a good number of milestone parties after the age of 60. A 75th birthday party is the time when a person wants to take more time for themselves and do whatever they are still able to do. Many 75 year olds are still working but looking forward to finishing.

At some point in a person's life age starts to become a badge of pride rather than something to be resisted and feared. For many years adults are concerned about advancing age and when they finally reach a good age and are still relatively healthy then it should be celebrated. Most families will want to celebrate a person's 80th birthday party as a sign of how happy they are that one of their number has reached that age. The same might be said of an 85th birthday party and a 90th birthday party. These parties are times of great celebration and remembrance for the whole family group. For those people who are fortunate enough to remain in relatively good health and reach a century then a 100th birthday party should be celebrated in style - especially when the person is still able to enjoy it.

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